Shirley Watters

Shirley Watters, long-serving Hon. Secretary and devoted friend of The Friends, died on Monday evening the 19th September at home, peacefully, surrounded by her family.

She and her husband, Reggie, revitalised the Friends when its future looked bleak, and Shirley herself continued to look after the interests of the Friends for many years after Reggie died, only finally stepping down from the Committee a couple of years ago.

She was loved by all, and The Friends of Coleridge has been very fortunate in being able to count on her unwavering support.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held in Nether Stowey Church at 2.30 pm on Friday 28th October.

A piece about Shirley will appear in the Bulletin in due course.

Summer Conference Report by Anastasia Stelse

Click here to read The 15th Coleridge Summer Conference (1-5 August 2016, Wills Hall, Bristol) report.

Kubla Khan Poetry awards evening, Taunton

As part of the continuing programme of events celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's visionary poem €˜Kubla Khan€™, the Friends of Coleridge are delighted to invite you to visit our touring art, poetry, and film exhibition.

The impressive and exciting art has been specially commissioned by Somerset Art Works on the theme of Imagined Worlds. The artworks, by established artists, will be on display at CICCIC in Taunton, from 17 October-12 November 2016, Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.

You are very welcome to attend the viewing night and event on 21 October, 7.30pm. We will be presenting the awards for our national poetry competition (Greg Leadbetter is one of the judges and will be there), and a short film of a community performance of Coleridge’s poem, created by Somerset Film.

The Friends of Coleridge are working in partnership with Somerset Art Works, Somerset Film, and the National Trust.

Seamus Perry on Coleridge in Taunton

Not to be missed! Seamus Perry, Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, will be discussing Coleridge and Kubla Khan at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton, 13 October, 7.30pm.
He is a renowned public speaker, widely known for his wit and his insight. Kubla Khan€™ was written at Culbone in Somerset, and is one of the most celebrated and mysterious of English poems.
Tickets, costing £10, from the Museum of Somerset. Tel 01823 255088

The event is part of the continuing programme of events celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Samuel Taylor Coleridge'€™s visionary poem Kubla Khan.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner-concert of new music by Lynne Plowman

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Music by Lynne Plowman

Saturday 8th October, 6 pm, Mercers' Hall, London EC2V 8HE

Twelve brilliant miniatures which illustrate a complete reading of Coleridge’s 1798 epoch-making work by Zeb Soanes (BBC Radio). The 12 compositions refer to the engravings by David Jones for Douglas Cleverdon’s 1929 edition of the poem. Lynne Plowman won the 2003 British Composers Award and has composed for Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, and the London Mozart Players.

Sea Psalm, The Sinking of HMS Duchess 1939. Music by Sally Beamish.
A 20-minute setting of the psalm ‘They that go down to the sea in ships’ during which a spoken narration recites the eyewitness account of the only surviving officer of the sinking of the destroyer HMS Duchess. The psalm forms a refrain to the account, ending with the hymn ‘Eternal Father strong to save’. Sally Beamish is a composer whose work is performed and broadcast internationally. She has composed for the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, and BBC Proms.

Places are limited and please note all bookings need to be made by Sunday 2nd October.
Visit for more details and to book.

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